“We Have Fun”
Selected Works by Melissa Sue Stanley and Max Bare
Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop
“We Have Fun” is a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sketches completed during the six years that the artists Melissa Sue Stanley and Max Bare have been together. As working artists, Melissa and Max have spent most of their waking hours together creating all sorts of fun stuff. They work independently and collaboratively on paintings and murals, comic books and design. They host Drink & Draw events, attend figure drawing sessions, and jam out at the occasional live-painting event. For a couple who spends all of their time together working, they sure are having a lot of fun.
The (soon-to-be) husband and wife team lives and works in an apartment-turned-art-studio in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, along with Rocko the Wonderdog and towering piles of comic books. They’re also totally using this show to celebrate their recent engagement. Please come raise a glass to many more years of art and adventures with them on April 22, from 6–9pm.
Max Bare started like most artists as a much smaller artist stapling scraps of paper together to fill with stickers and scribbles. Scribbles turn to doodles. Doodles turn to characters that star in stories some finished, many incomplete and many fraternizing in the stories friends would share and create. As a much larger artist Max still can’t manage to keep those characters in his head so they occupy paintings, walls, receipts, homework and comics.
Melissa Sue Stanley draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest. Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in mixed-media pieces that use all the tools in her studio. She also uses her work to explore themes of quiet magic and mystery - from bright garden kitchen-witchery to dark creatures lurking in the deep. All together, Melissa’s work is building a larger narrative about living a fantastical life in the modern world.